Children enjoyed games and activities in Alexandra Park with the first Play Date of the summer holidays.
The event, hosted by Hastings Borough Council’s Play Hastings Team with support from members of the Hastings and St Leonards Play forum, saw families flocking to the park to join in the fun on Wednesday August 5.
It coincided with National Play Day in the UK.
Cllr Dawn Poole, Hastings Borough Council’s lead member for communities and culture explained:
“It was great to see so many families out in the park, taking advantage of the wide range of fun activities on offer. This included messy play, sand sifting for treasure, water play and water slide, tree climbing, woodwork, dressing up, marble runs, mud pies and much, much more.
Our thanks must go to all those that help to make our Playdays events so successful; Hastings and St Leonards Play forum which includes In2play, Active Hastings StreetGames, Hastings and St Leonards Children’s Centres, the Youth Council, stall holders and other activity providers and of course all the volunteers.
“Over 30 young volunteers aged between 13 and 17 donated their free time to attend play training and then support the play activities at the event. The volunteers were recruited through town wide street play sessions that are supported by Orbit South and AmicusHorizon.
“This year the theme is ‘Play More’ and calls on everyone to help make sure that children and young people across the UK have the time, freedom and space to play more.”
Other Activities at the event included den building, a Pirate Show, clay, den building,, a dolls hospital area, Dinosaur Island, an under 5’s play area, crafts, football, tennis and multi sports.
The organsiers of National Play Day say playing more is crucial for children’s health, well-being and happiness.
The session in the park used lots of scrap materials such as old card board boxes, donated material, junk modelling and, wood off cuts .
Stallholders provided information about free services which could benefit the health and wellbeing of families.
A seafront play trail and pier quiz takes place on Monday August 17 from 10.30am - 2pm.
Collect your trail sheet and register at the Pier Trust Hub before 12 noon on the day.
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